by the PETA Organization
This is an article written by one of the most passionate and reliable sources of
animal rights, called PETA (People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals). I do not want
to dumb down the information in this article, but I will try not to drone on. This article
speaks of how people test cosmetics on animals, the ethics of it and alternatives to product
testing on animals.
First, there are test called "Eye Irritancy Tests". These tests find out whether
products used for or near the eyes will hurt one's eyes. These animals, usually rabbits, are
first locked into these headlocks where their heads protrude out and their bodies behind.
Then, without using any form of anesthesia, the product, whether it be liquid or powder, is
literally dropped in these rabbit's eyes. They hold open the eyes of the rabbit with some
sort of hook. Then they record the results of these tests such as: inflammation, bleeding
and deterioration. The rabbits often break their necks trying to get free from these locks.
Next their is an "Acute Toxicity Test", performed on a group of test animals
ranging in size. Usually what they will do is force a tube into the animal's stomachs or cut
a hole into their throats. Then they will force a substance in through those ways. Other
options are that they could inject the fluid through the skin or a vein. These tests are to see
how these fluids would effect humans. The scientists look for results like: bleeding,
diaherra, convulsions and skin eruptions. There is also another test linked to this one
called the "Lethal Dose Test". These tests are unreliable.
The article then tells of how these methods are legal, but very lethal for animals. In
this section such controversies like how "the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
requires only that each ingredient in a cosmetics product be "adequately substantiated for
safety" prior to marketing or that the product... [continues]
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